PATRICK GUIDERA, RPF
Patrick is a Registered Professional Forester in Alberta and has expertise in biomass procurement, biofuels, and biochemical (PHA Bio-plastics) projects, grant preparation, feasibility studies, assisting with securing Angel Investment, business plans, technology/venture vetting, and audits. Patrick is exceptionally well networked in Alberta to assist in the development of new bioenergy and cleantech projects.
Patrick has worked in the cleantech, bioenergy technology evaluation, and investment sector for 17 years, (2003) in various Senior Roles with the Government of Alberta, Executive Director of Strategic Forestry Initiatives, (2007) as Director of Forest Business & Bioeconomy Initiatives, and finally (2010-2020), as Director of Forest Technology at Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions. Patrick has extensively supported new technology providers, evaluated projects, funded and managed projects for development.
Over an eight-year period, through Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions, Pat provided funding and expertise for SBI BioEnergy to prove their “drop-in” renewable diesel and jet fuels technology, leading to the building of a $10-million mini-refinery at the Edmonton Research Park. The pilot plant began operations in 2016 to produce up to 10 million liters. The innovation included SBI’s refining process which uses a catalytic technology that doesn’t use any water or create any waste material or use any hydrogen.
Beginning in May 2007, Alberta Innovates, under his leadership, developed a research funding relationship with William Bardosh, Terra Verdae Bioworks in Edmonton, Alberta. The investment created a PHA lab to create opportunities for a line of biodegradable, natural microspheres for use in personal care and cosmetic products, as a direct replacement for synthetic, non-degradable plastic microbeads that are currently the subject of restrictive legislation throughout the world. These natural microspheres are a PHA-based biomaterial produced using a non- GMO, non-toxic, plant-associated process and are intrinsically biodegradable. Contact Patrick.